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January 2019

28 Monday                 Australia Day Public Holiday
29 Tuesday                Year 11 First day of Term 1
31 Thursday               Year 12 First day of Term 1

Welcome to 2019 at Hunter Trade College!

Dear students, parents and carers,

Welcome to 2019 at Hunter Trade College!  We are looking forward to seeing you all soon. 

It's a big year for our Year 12 students as you complete your final year of school education.  We have fare-welled quite a few students, most of whom have secured apprenticeships.  Thank you to those who are choosing to return to the College.

I extend a very warm welcome to our Year 11 students and families.  You are about to embark on an exciting journey that marks the beginning of your learning towards a career as a tradesperson.  These two years will set you up for your future career.

Changing schools for the start of the senior years can be a very challenging time.  Perhaps you are leaving behind friends to come here.  You may be travelling some distance from home each College day. Our Year 11 students will be coming from 38 different schools across the Hunter and Central Coast, so you won't be alone!.  We have some activities coming up to help you and I encourage you to let us know if you having difficulty settling in. 

Please remember that my door is open if you have any questions or concerns.  My team is here to help students and families make the most of their time with us. 

Mallory Gleeson
Chief Executive Officer

Preparing for College Checklist

  • Download Skoolbag App for your phone.  We use it to send important messages and reminders.  You can find the Skoolbag app on Google Play or on iTunes.
  • Put the College phone number in your phone - 4932 2400 - so you can call us if you miss the connecting bus from the train station or break down on your way to the College. 
  • Check that your Opal Card is up to date if you plan to travel to the College by bus or train.
  • Organise your stationery (see list below)
  • Make sure you have returned your Fee Agreements and paid your First Aid and White Card Invoices, please.

General Equipment Requirements

It's time to go shopping for your supplies!  Please bring the following on your first day:
  • Pens (blue and black)
  • Pencils (HB) 0.5mm
  • Ruler 30cm
  • Coloured highlighters (at least 3 colours)
  • 1 x A4 lever arch folder
  • 1 x set of folder dividers
  • A4 Plastic sleeves
  • 2 x A4 120 page, 4 hole punched exercise books (Maths & Computer Applications)
  • 1 pack A4 loose leaf paper, hole punched (English)
  • Maths Geometry set, including protractor, set square and compass
  • Scientific calculator (we recommend Casio FX-82MS)

College Operating Hours

Our office is open 7.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.
Classes commence at 8.05am sharp and finish at 2.50pm.

Please contact us on 4932 2400.
The Canteen is open for breakfast, morning tea and lunch! 
Good food at great prices!

How the College will keep in touch with you

  • Toolbox Talk is our College newsletter, which you should receive at least once each term.  Toolbox Talk keeps you up to date with reminders and includes helpful tips for parents and carers.
  • Our webpage is the place to go for helpful information, links and a parent/teacher interview booking system.  Visit us at
  • Like our Facebook page for photos and information on College life.  It's a great way to see what's going on around the College.
    Like us at
  • We use the Skoolbag app for alerts and news such as upcoming assessment tasks and exams, College paperwork, transport news, parent/teacher interviews, school reports and invitations to special events. You can find the Skoolbag app on Google Play or on iTunes.
  • Parents/carers will receive a text message if your young person is missing from College.  Please phone the College on 4932 2400 to explain absences.
  • Email is used for letters and invitations.  You can email us at We will email academic reports and personal status reports at the end of each semester.  The personal status report shows the students progress in units of competency for trade subjects.
  • Telephone is still the quickest way to reach us during working hours.  We will do our best to respond to your enquiries within 24 hours on business days.  Teachers are available to discuss student progress and help with any problems.  Please leave a message with our administration team on 4932 2400 to speak with a teacher. 
Work Placement welcome for 2019
A warm welcome back to our Year 12 students returning from their Christmas break! We hope you have had a relaxing holiday, and are ready to hit the ground running in 2019!

To all of our Year 11 families joining us this year, we are very much looking forward to working with you all to help you get the best on the job experience we can and a great head start in your trade careers.

As always, we would say to all of our families; please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are never too busy to speak to our students or parents, and will always endeavour to respond to your questions as soon as we possibly can.

Just a quick reminder for all parents and students who your point of contact is if you have any issues or concerns:

   Abbie Barnfield - Industry and Community Liaison Coordinator
   Management of School Based Trainees

   Kylie Sexton - Work Placement Officer
   Electrical and Automotive Trades             

   Nick Whalan-Daniels
   Work Placement Officer
   Construction and Engineering Metals/Fabrication Trades

Here are our top tips for work placement success:
  1. Give every work placement your best effort.  Every work placement is an opportunity to gain a job reference  Even if an employer isn’t in a position to offer you a traineeship or apprenticeship, a reference from them will go a long way in helping you secure something in the future.
  2. Be enthusiastic and willing to get involved.  Employers understand that it will take time to develop your trade skills.
  3. Keep your phone in your bag or pocket while at work work placement. Employers tell us they hate mobile phones! Just because a tradesman is on his phone doesn’t mean you can be. During breaks, ask your employer before getting your phone out and put it away at the end of the break.
  4. Be as hands on as possible. Unlike Year 10 work experience, you are not there to observe or get a feel for the industry; you are there to work and build your trade skills. The more hands on experience you gain during your work placement, the better equipped you will be going into your trade career – having some basic tools will show an employer that you’re keen to work, not watch.
  5. Ask for help if you are unsure of what to do next. It can be hard when you feel like you are interrupting the tradesman, but we guarantee they would always prefer you to ask than to stand around waiting for an instruction. Take a pen and small notepad so that they can give you 3-4 small tasks at a time. Jot the instructions down to help you remember them.
  6. Call the College immediately if you ever feel unsafe at work placement for any reason. We will constantly reinforce this message at College, but the most important thing to us when you are on work placement is your safety. We understand most young people might not have the courage to talk to an employer if they feel they are doing something unsafe – we will do it for you!
  7. Work on getting your P plates. Employers tell us that having your drivers licence is incredibly important. Achieving the hours needed to get your driver’s licence can be a real difficulty for parents, but there is great value in it to help secure your future trade careers.
  8. Come and see us if you are having any difficulties with your work placement. A problem might seem small, but the sooner you raise it with us, the sooner we can do something to support you.
Congratulations to our Year 12 students who have secured School Based Traineeships since our last newsletter:
  • Wayne Fohmsbee
  • Jordan Squance
  • Joshua Radimey
  • Solomon Pillidge
  • Reece Green
  • Lincoln Hilton
  • Ryan Saunders
  • Kyle Barwick
We are very proud of all your efforts and look forward to seeing the great things you achieve over the next 12 months!

Kylie and Nick will be touching base with our Year 12 students over the next fortnight to coordinate placements for 2019. If you have any preferences, please let them know as soon as possible. They will also be meeting with Year 11 students individually in the first 4-5 weeks of the term to coordinate placements. A reminder to parents that Year 11 students will not commence work placement until they complete the Work Ready program.

We have emailed Work Placement Expression of Interest forms to families – please return yours as soon as you can so that we can start working on a plan for each student. If you did not receive this email, please contact Abbie.

Once again, a very warm welcome for 2019 – we look forward to kicking goals together.

Abbie Barnfield, Industry and Community Liaison Coordinator
College Staff for 2019
Lifeline:                       13 11 14
Kids Helpline:             1800 551 800
Mental Health Line:    1800 011 511
Headspace Maitland: 4931 1000

For Immediate Support:
Kids Helpline (5 to 25) 1800 55 1800  - 24/7
Life line 13 11 14  - 24/7
Mental Health Line 1800 011 511 – 24/7
Parentline: 1300 1300 52  - 24/7
Support and Information: 
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
Headspace Maitland  02 4931 1000 (9am to 5pm)
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